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Sixt: Premium Mobility Solutions In Paraguay »

December 24, 2014 at 4:35AM PST | Source: Sixt

Corporation Continues Expansion in South America
Fort Lauderdale / Asunción - December  15, 2014 – Sixt continues its expansion: The international mobility provider has started in Paraguay and opened its first rental location in the nation's capital Asunción. With this, Sixt expands its network in South America: The company has been successfully operating in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Peru for many years. In Paraguay, Sixt works together with an experienced franchisee.
Ruediger Proske, Senior Vice President Franchise at Sixt: “We are thrilled to have Asu Rent Sociedad Anonima as a quality-focused and growth-oriented partner in Paraguay. Asu Rent follows a premium approach in fleet and customer orientation which perfectly fits our brand...

Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta Opens In Mexico »

December 23, 2014 at 7:44AM PST | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

December 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO – Hyatt Hotels & Resorts and Playa Hotels & Resorts B.V. ("Playa"), a leading owner, operator and developer of all inclusive resorts in prime beachfront locations, announces the opening of Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta in Mexico. The new all inclusive resort for guests of all ages is at the site of the former Dreams Puerto Vallarta. It is the culmination of an approximate $20 million expansion, renovation and repositioning that is intended to reinvent this resort destination in a way that brings effortless indulgence to the all inclusive vacation experience.
"Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta is the third Hyatt all inclusive destination in Mexico, and we are thrilled to be returning the Hyatt brand to this vacationer’s paradise," said Senior Vice President Carlos Cabrera, all inclusive operations, Hyatt...

Starwood Hotels Debuts Its Leading-Edge Aloft Brand In Buffalo, New York »

December 23, 2014 at 7:29AM PST | Source: aloft hotels

Aloft Buffalo Airport Caters to the Next Generation of Travelers with Urban Design, a Vibrant Social Scene and Live Performances by Emerging Artists at the W XYZ® Bar
STAMFORD, Conn. - December 23, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.® (NYSE:HOT) today announced the launch of its game-changing Aloft brand in Buffalo, New York. The opening of Aloft Buffalo Airport also marks Starwood’s debut in Buffalo and increases the company’s portfolio to six hotels in the greater Niagara region. Owned by Manga Hotels, the new Aloft features 153 spacious, loft-like rooms, cutting-edge design and an energetic, social atmosphere – all at an affordable price point.
"Aloft Buffalo Airport is a terrific addition to Starwood’s growing portfolio and provides an exciting, new destination for next generation travelers and area professionals with its distinctive design aesthetic and live music offerings," said Brian McGuinness, Senior Vice President, Specialty Select Brands for Starwood...

Hyatt To Launch Free Wi-Fi Access In All Lobbies And Guest Rooms Worldwide »

December 23, 2014 at 7:12AM PST | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Responding to Guests' Feedback, Hyatt Hotels To Offer Free Wi-Fi to All Guests; "Travelers shouldn't have to remember which brands or locations offer it for free or the strings attached to get it," Rose said.
December 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO – As part of the company's continued efforts to evolve the guest experience by listening and responding to guest needs, Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced plans to offer free Wi-Fi at all Hyatt hotels worldwide, providing connectivity and convenience regardless of booking method or loyalty program participation.
Free Wi-Fi will become available to Hyatt guests around the world in February 2015. Travelers will be able to access free Wi-Fi on an unlimited number of mobile devices or laptops in Hyatt-branded hotel guest rooms and social spaces...

Ascend Hotel Collection Membership's Century House Hotel Pays It Forward »

December 23, 2014 at 5:56AM PST | Source: Choice Hotels

Upstate New York hotel exceeds half-million mark in serving community meals.
ROCKVILLE, Md. - Dec. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - The Century House in Latham, New York, a proud member of the Ascend Hotel Collection, a portfolio of distinctive independent hotels by Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), embraces the spirit of giving all year long. Through its Enjoy One Share One program, the hotel owners and staff generously give back to the community that has supported them for 65 years while providing some of the finest accommodations in the Albany region.
Century House volunteers at the Boys and Girls Club
This charming, family-owned hotel and restaurant, opened in 1949 by Jim and Dorothy O'Hearn, is steeped in the tradition to provide an inviting, comfortable place for friends, family, neighbors and travelers to enjoy a quality meal, share experiences and feel at home...

T.G.I. Midweek! Earn Triple Points On Midweek Nights That Includes A Stay From Sunday-Thursday Night, Up To 30,000 Points »

December 23, 2014 at 5:25AM PST | Source: Choice Hotels

ROCKVILLE, Md. - Dec. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Choice Privileges, the guest-loyalty program for Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), announced today its winter rewards promotion, T.G.I. Midweek! Members of the Choice Privileges rewards program from the U.S., Canada, and Latin America can earn triple points on midweek nights, meaning members will earn triple points for their entire qualifying stay when that stay includes a Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday night, up to 30,000 bonus points*. The promotion runs from December 29, 2014 until February 18, 2015, at participating brands of Choice Hotels.
"Midweek travelers are often on business trips seeking locations that are not just convenient but that offer a quality experience tailored to their needs," said Jamie Russo, Vice President, Loyalty Programs at Choice Hotels International...

Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall Now Open In Jamaica »

December 23, 2014 at 5:00AM PST | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall joins Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall, combining to form a breathtaking all inclusive resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica
December 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) and Playa Hotels & Resorts B.V. ("Playa"), a leading owner, operator and developer of all inclusive resorts in prime beachfront locations, announced the opening of Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall, an adult-only all inclusive experience, opens on the heels of Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall, an all inclusive experience for guests of all ages.
Located at the former site of The Ritz-Carlton, the two resorts are the culmination of an approximate $85 million expansion, renovation and repositioning that is intended to reinvent this storied destination in a way that brings effortless indulgence to the all inclusive vacation experience...

Starwood Hotels' Tech-Forward Aloft Brand Launches In Downtown Denver »

December 23, 2014 at 4:02AM PST | Source: aloft hotels

Caters to Next Generation Travelers with Leading-Edge Design, Accessible Technologies and Live Music Performances at WXY Z Bar
STAMFORD, Conn. - December 22, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.® (NYSE:HOT) today announced the debut of its innovative Aloft brand in the heart of downtown Denver. Located at the corner of 15th Street and Stout Street, Aloft Denver Downtown features 140 spacious, loft-like rooms, cutting-edge technology and a lively social atmosphere. Owned by JBK Hotels and managed by Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Aloft Denver Downtown offers a vibrant social scene in the center of one of the fastest growing cities in the country.
"We are thrilled to open Aloft Denver Downtown offering a design-led aesthetic and innovative music programming in the heart of this booming city," said Brian McGuinness, Global Brand Leader, Specialty Select Brands for Starwood...

Starwood Hotels Sells Philadelphia Airport Complex To The Lightstone Group »

December 22, 2014 at 6:21AM PST | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

STAMFORD, Conn. - December 22, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced that it has completed the sale of the Philadelphia Airport Complex to The Lightstone Group and its affiliates. Located on Island Avenue one mile from Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), the Philadelphia Airport Complex consists of three Starwood properties including the 252-room Sheraton Suites Philadelphia Airport, the 177-room Four Points by Sheraton Philadelphia Airport and the 136-room Aloft Philadelphia Airport. All three properties will be operated by Island Hospitality, undergo renovations and continue to fly the three brand flags.
"We are pleased to announce the sale of the Philadelphia Airport Complex, furthering our asset-light strategy," said Simon Turner, President of Global Development for Starwood...

Wyndham Hotel Group Signs Deal For Seven Properties In Peru »

December 22, 2014 at 5:38AM PST | Source: Wyndham Worldwide

Partner Costa del Sol to Open 1,000 Rooms under the Wyndham Hotels and Resorts® Brand
PARSIPPANY, N.J. (December 18, 2014) – Wyndham Hotel Group, the world's largest hotel company with approximately 7,590 hotels and part of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), announced the signing of a franchise agreement with local partner Costa del Sol to open 1,000 rooms across seven Wyndham Hotels and Resorts® branded properties that will open within the next year in key destinations across Peru.
The agreement includes the conversion of six properties, located in Tumbes, Chiclayo, Lima Airport, Trujillo, Cajamarca and Piura, to the Wyndham Hotels and Resorts brand as well as the construction of a new 144-room property in Lima...

DoubleTree By Hilton Expands Its Portfolio In Spain »

December 22, 2014 at 5:07AM PST | Source: Doubletree Hotels, Suites, Resorts

Upscale Hotel Brand Welcomes Guests to New Doubletree by Hilton Girona
December 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // GIRONA, Spain and MCLEAN, Va. - DoubleTree by Hilton today opens the doors to its latest upscale property in Spain with a hotel situated in the heart of charming Girona. URH Hotel Girona has undergone a refresh and is now operating as the DoubleTree by Hilton Girona under a franchise agreement with Hilton Worldwide. The hotel will continue to be owned and operated by URH & Co. Hoteliers under the new leadership of General Manager Pere Vila.
John Greenleaf, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton, said, "Guests at DoubleTree by Hilton Girona can look forward to experiencing the unique service culture that is at the heart of our growing portfolio of more than 50 upscale hotels in Europe, with DoubleTree by Hilton Girona marking our fourth property in Spain...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Strengthens Footprint In Colombia With The Openings Of Four Points By Sheraton In Bogota And Barranquilla »

December 19, 2014 at 10:35AM PST | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Designed for today's traveler, Four Points offers a smart, casual option in two of the region's most dynamic markets
BOGOTA, Colombia--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) continues its growth momentum in Latin America and strengthens its presence in Colombia with the openings of Four Points Bogota and Four Points Barranquilla. Both hotels are operated by GHL Hotels under franchise agreements.
With these openings, Starwood continues to strengthen its presence in Colombia, one of the fastest growing economies and most dynamic travel markets in the region. Starwood's current operating portfolio includes the recently opened W Bogota, Sheraton Bogota Hotel, Aloft Bogota Airport, Four Points by Sheraton Cali and Four Points by Sheraton Medellin, with Sheraton Cartagena set to open by the end of 2015...

Le Meridien Debuts In North Carolina With The Opening Of Le Meridien Charlotte »

December 19, 2014 at 9:34AM PST | Source: Le Meridien

Following an extensive multimillion dollar renovation, Charlotte's newest hotel unveiled in Uptown's bustling business district
CHARLOTTE, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced the opening of Le Méridien Charlotte, following a multimillion dollar transformation. Le Méridien Charlotte is within walking distance of Charlotte's Uptown Business District, which is home to North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Discovery Place, Charlotte Aquatic Center the Charlotte Convention Center, Time Warner Arena and Bank of America Stadium (home of the Carolina Panthers), as well as corporate offices for Bank of America, Wells Fargo and BB&T.
"Le Méridien is experiencing strong growth momentum in North America, nearly tripling our portfolio since Starwood first acquired the brand in 2005," said Brian Povinelli, Global Brand Leader, Le Méridien and Westin...

Le Meridien Debuts In The Big Easy With The Opening Of Le Meridien New Orleans »

December 18, 2014 at 10:59AM PST | Source: Le Meridien

Newly Transformed Hotel Unveils $29 Million Renovation of Public Spaces, Restaurant and Bars, Guestrooms, and Expanded Meeting Space
NEW ORLEANS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today unveiled Le Méridien New Orleans, following a comprehensive $29 million transformation. The newly renovated hotel features 410 fully redesigned guestrooms, including 22 suites; three new food and beverage outlets, including a new destination restaurant; and the addition of 1,600 square feet of flexible meeting and event space.
"Le Méridien is experiencing strong growth momentum in North America, and New Orleans has long been on our short list of dynamic U.S. cities that share in our brand passions for the arts, culture and cuisine," said Brian Povinelli, Global Brand Leader, Le Méridien and Westin...

Starwood Hotels' Leading-Edge Aloft Brand Makes Debut In Detroit »

December 18, 2014 at 10:52AM PST | Source: aloft hotels

Bringing new Life to a City Landmark, Aloft Detroit at The David Whitney Delivers Urban Design, a Vibrant Social Scene and Live Performances by Emerging Artists
STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced the launch of its game-changing Aloft® brand in Detroit, following the completion of an adaptive re-use project that has transformed the historic David Whitney building. Located at One Park Avenue, Aloft Detroit at The David Whitney features 136 spacious, loft-like rooms, forward-thinking design and an energetic, social atmosphere - all at an affordable price point. The hotel is owned and developed by Whitey Partners, LLC, a joint venture between The Roxbury Group and VOS Hospitality, the lifestyle/boutique division of Trans Inns Management, Inc...

SPG Members Stay Connected In 2015 With Free Internet Access From Starwood »

December 17, 2014 at 10:05AM PST | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Complimentary Internet is Latest Benefit for Members Who Book Through Starwood Channels Online or Via the SPG App Booking Via SPG.com Allows Travel Pros to Extend Access to SPG Clients
STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Staying reliably connected to the world while on the road - whether for business or pleasure - is vital to today's modern traveler. In recognition of that, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) is announcing that all Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®) members who book through Starwood's digital channels will be offered free standard in-room Internet access during their stay at all participating hotels worldwide.
"With the seismic shift towards digital, particularly when guests are on the road and literally mobile, our SPG members believe high quality Internet access is a basic necessity right up there with a great bed," said Chris Holdren, Senior Vice President, SPG and Digital at Starwood...

Pop The Cork And Toast The Holiday Season With Sheraton Hotels' Spotlight On Champagne! »

December 16, 2014 at 11:11AM PST | Source: Sheraton Hotels

Global Survey Says Bubbly Tops Everyone's Wish List this Holiday Season - 67% Consider Champagne the Most Important Part of a Holiday Party What Are You Toasting To? Share with Sheraton at #SheratonToastPromo for a Chance to Win Champagne Toasting Kits, World-Class Trips, and More
STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Sheraton® Hotels invites you to raise a glass and toast! In continued celebration of Sheraton Social Hour, Sheraton is making the holidays sparkle with a special spotlight on Champagne. Guests and consumers are invited to raise a glass and toast the season with highly-rated Champagnes at participating Sheraton hotels and resorts around the world, and to share their celebratory toasts using #SheratonToastPromo for a chance to win exclusive Sheraton prizes...

Hilton Worldwide Welcomes The Providence Biltmore To Curio - A Collection By Hilton »

December 16, 2014 at 10:35AM PST | Source: Hilton Worldwide

Historic New England Hotel Joins Expanding Global Collection
December 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // MCLEAN, Va. - Iconic landmark hotel, the Providence Biltmore, today joined Curio - A Collection by Hilton. Hilton Worldwide today announced the anticipated addition to its growing global brand of distinctive upper upscale and luxury hotels, hand-picked for travelers who seek local discovery and authentic experiences.
Located in the heart of downtown Providence, the historic hotel was built in 1922 by Warren and Wetmore, the same architects behind New York City's Grand Central Station. The stately building opened its doors with widespread acclaim and today is deeply woven into the city's fabric and culture, beloved by generations of guests...

W Hotels Worldwide Unveils A New Legend With The Opening Of W Bogota »

December 15, 2014 at 9:45AM PST | Source: W Hotels Worldwide

W Bogota Electrifies Colombia's Luxury Hotel Scene with Cutting-Edge Design, Amplified Amenities and Whatever/Whenever® Service
BOGOTA, Colombia--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- W® Hotels Worldwide, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT), today debuted in Colombia with the unveiling of W Bogota. The new hotel electrifies Bogota's hospitality scene by mixing the W brand's 24/7 attitude, distinct interpretation of modern luxury, and unprecedented insider access to what's new and next in design, fashion and music in South America's new capital of cool.
"The opening of W Bogota is a milestone in Colombia's hotel landscape, setting the stage for a redefined luxury experience in one of the world's most vibrant destinations," said Paul James, Global Brand Leader, W Hotels, St...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Continues Expansion In Croatia With The Signing Of New Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel »

December 15, 2014 at 9:39AM PST | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Scheduled to Open in 2015, Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel Will Mark the Entry of Starwood into the Spectacular Dalmatian Coast
DUBROVNIK, Croatia--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced that it has signed an agreement with Hoteli Dubrovacka Rivijera d.d. to open a new Sheraton hotel in Dubrovnik, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Mediterranean. Scheduled to open in the second quarter of 2015, Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel will mark Starwood's entry into Dubrovnik and the company's fourth hotel in Croatia.
"We are pleased to expand into our third partnership with HUP Zagreb d.d. in Croatia and look forward to introducing the Sheraton brand into the growing European resort market of Dubrovnik," said Michael Wale, President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa and Middle East...



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